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  1. Kia Ora! I’m italian and I’m doing a school project about nz and its cultures, and it would be lovely if someone could answers a couple of questions?
    1. Name, age, area
    2. What is your race/ethnicity?
    3. How do you consider yourself?
    4. Do you know any Pakeha?
    5. What do you think about them?
    6. Would you hang out with any Pakeha?
    7. Do you ever feel any difference/prejudice due to your ethnic group?
    8. do you think your cultures are well integrated?
    9. What is your first language?
    10. Did you learn the other official language of New Zealand in school?

    I would be gratefulfor anyone who would reply. these questions don’t mean to be offensive in any way, I’m just trying to collect some opinions 🙂

  2. hello! is there a way to contact one of your employees in particular (Kirstie Ross)? I can’t find her email on here anywhere.


    Dr. Chris Andersen
    Faculty of Native Studies
    University of Alberta
    Edmonton, AB, CANADA
    T6G 2H8

  3. i am a researcher from the philippines and i am presently working on the morphological characterization of ferns in Mt hamiguitan, philippines. would it be possible to get the email of Dr Leon perrie so i can inquire from him directly about fern descriptors he used in his dissertation? it would help me a lot.

  4. Kia ora Dan,
    Thanks for your comment on our blog and sorry for the very late answer. To get answers to your questions, I think the best website would be It’s a website and forum with lots of squid and octopus information, and lots of helpful people.
    Kind regards,
    Florence, web admin at Te Papa

  5. I’d like to get a message to Dr Steve O’Shea, or any of the NZ squid enthusiasts:

    I had a small sailing boat in the shallow Pauahatanui Inlet, Porirua. Before launching her, I mixed red pigment with epoxy and added large handfuls of cayene pepper, to produce what I hoped would be a powerful yet enviro-friendly antifoul paint on the little yacht’s hull.

    Six months later, it was doing a fairly good job in all respects, when hull was suddenly covered in squid “eggs”. Each one was about 3 inches long, and the whole bottom was covered.

    This may or may not be useful information. It sure took me by surprise. We went down to the Island Bay oceanarium (it had just re-opened) and compared our eggs to the much smaller ones on show.


    Dan Bishop

  6. Hi Diane
    We get between 500-1000 views per day on our blog. We include a blog feed with the last 3 posts on the homepage of our site – We don’t really advertise as such in any other way although we are starting to tweet the blogs.

    We sometimes have set up other blogs for separte purposes – we are using one, which is private still, as part of the development of an exhibition about Refugees.

    It can be quite time consuming to manage a blog, even if you get other staff members to actually write posts.

    I hope that helps, please let me know if you would like other information.
    Lucy Hoffman
    Website manager

  7. Hi there,
    I am writing an assignment on introduing a blog at the museum I work at. Can you tell me how long is spent working on the blog, how many views the blog gets, how you advertise it, when the blog was started, do you have another blog for staff etc. I would appreciate any information you can provide me re. the blog.
    Many thanks in advance,
    Diane Gordon

  8. How wide was the head of the largest Colossal squid Dr. Kubodera and Bolstad measured? Or the width of the largest one period. Would this be the minimum width of a sperm whales throat, or does the squids head become more compact? Thanks, Kenny

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